Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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FILY2981 Eight Lectures on Philosophy of Science 3–4 ECTS
Person in charge
Marko Ahteensuu
Preceding studies
No previous studies in philosophy (of science) required. The course is part of doctoral training of University of Turku (obligatory course for PhD Candidates in the Faculty of Social Sciences; part of a larger study unit for PhD Candidates at TUKKK;)

Learning outcomes

Familiarise doctoral candidates with basic concepts, theories and questions of general philosophy of science and provide them with tools to think systematically about philosophical issues related to science in general and their own research topic in particular.


Selection of issues in philosophy of science with practical orientation (The Problem of Demarcation; Scientific Method and Rationality of Science; Scientific Explanation; Frequentist and Bayesian Interpretations of Probability; Scientific Progress and Rational Choice Theory; Methodology of Causality in Social Sciences; Explanation and Understanding in Social Sciences and Humanities; Social Ontology).

Modes of study

24hrs of lectures in English + written assignments in English or Finnish (i.e. six reaction texts are required)



Study materials

Pre-readings (pertaining to specific topics) before each lecture &
optional and supporting course reading: Gimpel S (ed.) (2011) Exploring the Scientific Method: Cases
and Questions. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Further information

Several lecturers (Docent Marko Ahteensuu, PhD Tapio Korte, PhD Arto Repo, Prof. Kaisa Herne (UTA), Prof. Emeritus Hannu Nurmi, Docent Valtteri Viljanen and Prof. Eerik Lagerspetz)

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Social Sciences
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Faculty of Social Sciences
Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences
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